Liverpool-linked Gonzalo Higuain's recent display proves he is not a replacement for Suarez

Gonzalo Higuain

Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain disappointed in Argentina's Copa America final defeat.

If Brendan Rodgers need a reason to avoid signing Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain, who has been linked by the likes of the Metro, the striker's disappointing performance in Argentina's disappointing Copa America final penalty defeat should prove satisfactory. 

The current Napoli and former Real Madrid forward missed the clearest chance Argentina had in their 0-0 stalemate versus Chile (following a pass from Ezequiel Lavezzi) before smashing over his penalty in the decisive shootout. 

This proved to be the second major tournament in which the Napoli frontman has fluffed his lines, after last summer's World Cup saw the him miss a guilt-edge chance in the final versus Germany; a goal that would surely have won the competition for his nation. 

After a disappointing season at Anfield, the need to start the season well is greater than ever. Should Higuain arrive at the club, he would have little time to adjust to the rigorous nature of the English game, before question marks are raised over his ability.

The pressure of operating under the shadow of a price-tag upwards of £42.5 million, as well as the sense of expectation that comes with replacing Luis Suarez, are likely to prove far too overwhelming for the Argentine international.

He may have done the business for Napoli in Serie A - scoring 35 goals in 69 league appearances - but evidence from this summer, and the last, proves he is a player who quickly falls apart under intense pressure. 

The 27-year-old is often touted as the perfect replacement for Luis Suarez; but that, he is not.

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